If you've been following my blog for a long time, you would know that after college, I lived at my friend Crystal's mom's house
(that's a mouth full) for about a year. Yes, Mrs. P put up with my crafting/DIY projects in the living room of her home for a year
. So, when Moen asked me if I wanted to try out their Moen Boardwalk Centerset bathroom faucet in Chrome
, I knew exactly who it would go to-- Mrs. P. She is a single mom and neverrrr does anything for herself. Case in point, this was her bathroom faucet:
The only trick was, I had to install this puppy myself. I'm all for crafts and furniture, but installing a faucet? I was a little scared. So, here's how I defeated my fear and installed a bathroom faucet like a beast (with tons of pictures and arrows for people like me who need such things). Plus, Moen provides awesome step-by-step instructions in the box.
Tools You Will Need:
I used adjustable wrenches (the blue and yellow things above) and a basin wrench. I also used a towel, a small bowl, cleaner/paper towels, plumber's putty, and a flashlight.
Part 1: Removing the old faucet
1. Before you do anything, turn off the water lines underneath the sink. Unfortunately, the knobs that turn off the water lines underneath Mrs. P's sink were stripped, so we had to turn off the main line.
2. Unhook the hoses from the old faucet. There are two hoses-- one for hot and one for cold-- you will unhook both. You might want to take a towel or bowl down there to absorb the excess water in the hoses.
3. Remove the nuts from the old faucet (in our case, they were off-white plastic nuts that you can see in the previous picture where the arrow is). If your sink is ancient (like Mrs. P's), you might have to use an adjustable wrench to get them off. If you have a tight space (like us) you might also need to use the basin wrench. Mrs. P's drain stopper didn't work, so we didn't have to unhook that. If your drain stopper does work, look below to see how I installed the new one and work backwards ;-)
4. Lift the old faucet out of the sink. There will be lots of gunk where the old faucet was, so clean, clean, clean!
Part 2: Installing the New Faucet
5. Put the plastic faucet base on the sink and align it with the holes where the faucet goes in. Then, put the new faucet in place and adjust it accordingly.
6. Go back under the sink and put on the new nuts (just like the ones we took off in step 3). Tighten them as tight as you possibly can either with your hands or the adjustable wrenches.
7. Reattach the hoses to the faucet (just like we did in step 2).
Part 3: Removing the Old Drain and Installing the New One
For me, this was the hardest part. I even had to call Mrs. P's family friend because I was afraid I would ruin the piping under the sink. He was amazing because he still allowed me to do it myself, while giving me the confidence I needed to keep going.
8. Start by unscrewing the top part from the base of the sink.
9. Then, unscrew the bottom part from the piping:
10. When we started to remove the old drain, it wouldn't budge because the piping was too close. That's when we decided we would have to remove part of the piping. I was told that this part of the piping is called the "trap." Let me tell you folks, the trap is gross-- it's where all that extra gunk gets stuck.. I'll spare you the details. All I know is that you will want to put a bowl underneath to catch all of the extra water and gunk. Oh, and don't wear a cute sweater.
This is what the drain and "trap" looked like once we removed it:
11. No matter how much you want to run away, clean the trap and the area where the old drain used to be.
12. Now, here's where I'm going to get a bit technical and explain how to make the drain stopper functional. First, you will put this piece, called the pivot rod, inside the side of the new drain:
Then, screw the cap on.
13. Apply plumber's putty around the top piece of the new drain. Put the top piece of the drain in the hole.
14. Attach the bottom piece (from step 12) to the trap and put it back in place under the sink. Then, attach the bottom piece of the drain to the top piece of the drain.
15. After that, you'll take the "clevis strap" (don't worry-- I didn't know what it was either):
For part #1 below, feed the drain stopper rod through the clevis strap. Tightly tighten the clevis screw to keep it in place.
For part 2, you'll put the piece from step 12 (the pivot rod) through one of the holes at the end of the clevis strap. If you get confused, I referenced this image
16. Test out the drain stopper.
19. Turn the water back on.
Then, dance around the bathroom because you're DONE! Isn't it beautiful?
I love the way it shines and sparkles! Here's a side by side comparison:
Mrs. P lovessss it!
Thank you, Moen for helping me give back to Mrs. P!